George Buehler
Timber Ketch

Katherine Scarlette is the perfect entertainment yacht and deep sea cruiser and can be handled comfortably by 2 people. She will cater for your family or friends, just cruising around local bays or by giving you the security to take you anywhere you dream of going. 


An Introduction to Katherine Scarlette

Katherine Scarlette was built with the initial builder’s objective to venture with his family to Antarctic waters and beyond. The current Owner has been enjoying the ketch with family and friends around Port Phillip Bay and was on a mission to operate the vessel as a charter boat for 2 families or groups, with another crew, around the Bay and into Bass Strait.


Katherine Scarlette is Truly Unique in Many Ways

The Marine Safety Surveyor commented, “That he had not seen a more strongly built boat since the Queenscliff Life Boat”.

This unique classic head-turning vessel will attract attention and will become a well-known addition to any waterfront. Wherever she is, people stop and observe her imposing presence and sweeping lines.

Katherine Scarlette will cruise at 7.5 knots all day under power into a sea and up to 8.5 knots if required. As far as sailing goes, the Gaff rig is easy to handle in any conditions and while there is the provision for top rigs above the main and mizzen, she sails and points well, with her 6.7/7′ draft and full length keel. 


A Build History Spanning Almost Two Decades 

Katherine Scarlette is built to the world famous George Buehler design, and was built by an English boat builder’s son in Lethbridge, near Geelong and launched as a completed hull in 1997-8. Since that time, the current Owner has been progressively fitting out the boat internally after installing the 120Hp Perkins Diesel and the associated propeller and shaft, also externally by rigging her as a ketch and creating the access hatchways and the helm station. She is very close to full survey and has been inspected during all stages of work. 

The current owner planned to charter her from Geelong, Queenscliff and Melbourne. There is a total lack of good charter boats of this standard, providing a unique experience to guests, corporate training or events. She would also be magnificent on Sydney Harbour or some other exotic location.


Great Capabilities and Reliability

The option of a Pilot House has been professionally drafted, and may suit the purpose of a charter operator, but the wide and open deck space also has great merits, depending upon the climate and the user’s preferences as the open layout is perfect for 15-20 guests just sitting about the decks. This offers a classic head-turning vessel that will attract customers, the public and wooden boat admirers alike.



Price: Huge reduction to $98,500 “as-is-where-is” or $105,500 antifouled & hull repainted.

Model: George Buehler Ketch, named Katherine Scarlette.

Length: 43 feet.

Draft: 6.6-7 feet.

Beam: 13 feet.

Displacement: 25+ Tonnes/46,000 Pounds.

Ballast: Lead 4.5 Tons.

Launch Year: 1998.

Category: Cruising & Charter Yachts.

Hull Type: Timber.

Keel: 10” x 10” Iron Bark.

Frame: sawn Iron Bark.

Planking below Water Line: 2 inch, Douglas Fir, with 4 substantial external longitudinal stringers for icebreaking manoeuvres.

Planking above Water Line: 2 inch, Double Overlap European Mahogany Planking, without Calking, except at the rabbit line.

Deck: 3 layers of Plywood, almost 2 inches thick.

Cabin Top: 2 Layers of Plywood, over 1 inch thick.

Cabin Sides: 2 inch thick solid Timber.

Propulsion: Power & Sail.

Sails: Mizzen, Main, Staysail & Jib.

Masts, Booms & Gaffs: Massively built in Oregon.


Engine Make: Perkins 120hp Naturally Aspirated Diesel.

Fuel Tank: Stainless Marine Safety approved 300+ litres approx.

Gen Set: 240V Petter Diesel – 2+ KVA.

Pumps: 3 auto bilge, 1 large manual Whaler.

Steering: Hydraulic setup for dual station and auto pilot (new, not fitted) and manual tiller.

Anchoring: Approximately 90 metres of Chain + 100metres of Rope, Manual Heavy Duty Nilsson 700 Model Chain Winch and Rope Capstan. Three Anchors.

Structural Beams: There are massive bridge deck beams of approximately 3”x6” across the underside of the Decks at the main mast, amidships between the middle and aft cabin, also at the mizzen mast. Also while the boat has Gunwales of approximately 8 inches thick, there are 4”x3” resting beams, running along each side of the boat.

Galley: Sink, New unused 2 Burner Metho Stove, New Inverter Microwave, two unused Waco fridges, with small freezer compartments.

Accommodation: 4 Bunks in the front Cabin, provision for a double in the central Cabin and a Double in the aft Cabin. It is possible to have an additional lateral pipe berth in the main cabin, also another berth in the aft cabin and if the Pilot House is installed, 2 more lateral bunks there for the skipper and crew.

Condition: Well maintained, very good condition.

Location: Geelong, Victoria.

Dealer Contact: Robert Heath, 0418 335 170


Owner’s Comments

It is in today’s world a rare opportunity to be the custodian of such a vessel. She has been built with meticulous attention to detail with the specific desire for an unequally strong vessel. For Insurance reasons, we have had an experienced local wooden Boat Builder who was building the interior fitout to quote for its total replacement, which is conservatively estimated to exceed $500,000.

While large and heavy, the ketch is remarkably easy to handle and manoeuvre, even single handed, as I have from a pen, a mooring, in appropriate conditions.

The greatest feature of the boat is the uncluttered decks, where the wide oiled Merbau capped bulwarks and every cabin top provides seating. If I was going south or was going to charter in Port Phillip, I would recommend the Pilot house extension, however for cruising the Hawkesbury, Sydney Harbour or the Whitsundays, the open decks are truly amazing.

As with any craft, there are jobs to do to set the boat up for your own specific purposes and use. Unlike many craft the core of this Ketch is truly amazing and a joy to own.

I am selling the Katherine Scarlette as our kids have grown up and we are not using her enough. Also with existing business commitments, I do not have the time to set up the Charter Business.

Robert Heath


Get In Touch

Interested in inspecting or purchasing the Katherine Scarlette? Please submit an enquiry via the form below, or give Rob a call on 0418 335 170. Legitimate enquires only.